Three top Illinois legislators reject invitations to testify at Admissions Review Commission

Three of the state's most powerful legislative leaders have snubbed a commission investigating admissions abuses at the University of Illinois, declining to testify at its hearings.

House Speaker Michael Madigan (D- Chicago), Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R- Oswego) all have opted not to appear before the Illinois Admissions Review Commission, their offices confirmed.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) is waiting to see how the hearings progress before she decides, her spokeswoman said. The panel is scheduled to conclude its investigation next week.

Only two of the nine lawmakers asked to appear before the commission accepted the offer, Chairman Abner Mikva said. The legislators who agreed -- Rep. Mike Boland (D-East Moline) and Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora) -- are the two invitees least involved in the university's secret admissions system. Boland, who testified this week and has been an outspoken critic of the practice, does not appear on the clout lists.